a PAIR of four-week-old puppies were dumped and left for dead in a Horbury car park.
The young terriers were found cold, lethargic and crawling with fleas in a soaked cardboard box behind the Salvation Army on Peel Street.
RSPCA inspector Rachel Opyrsk said: “The poor things were in a very sad state when they were found.
“The box was totally soaked through, and the puppies were very cold and wet - we don’t know how long they had been there.
“They shouldn’t have been separated from their mum until they were eight weeks old and their condition was such that the first 24 hours were touch-and-go.”
The two black females, now named Hiccup and Iccle, are in the care of a fosterer for the RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield branch.
Inspector Opyrsk added: “After two weeks of TLC I’m happy to say they’re doing really well.
“They’ve almost doubled in size since they came in to the RSPCA, they sleep through the night and are almost house-trained.
“It’s a testament to the wonderful work of the fosterer, who has been brilliant.”
The youngsters were found by a member of the public at around 11am on Wednesday, October 12.
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on the 24-hour cruelty and advice line 0300 1234 999.
Hiccup and Iccle will go up for adoption in the next couple of weeks.
Anyone interested in adopting the puppies should keep checking the RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield branch’s website www.rspca-halifax.org.uk.